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Book of Zechariah Chapter 11

ZECHARIAH 11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

ZECHARIAH 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

ZECHARIAH 11:3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

ZECHARIAH 11:4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

ZECHARIAH 11:5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

ZECHARIAH 11:6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.

ZECHARIAH 11:7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

ZECHARIAH 11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

ZECHARIAH 11:9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

ZECHARIAH 11:10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.

ZECHARIAH 11:11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.

ZECHARIAH 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

ZECHARIAH 11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

ZECHARIAH 11:14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

ZECHARIAH 11:15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

ZECHARIAH 11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit thosethat be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

ZECHARIAH 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.


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